Friday, August 1, 2014

Brunch & Sew, Crazy Beautiful Pop-up, Cedar Room, and Ivory Closet

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM


This weekend, you’ll find several ways to ramp up your style.

Saturday August 2nd, local designer Andrea Fenise will be hosting a Brunch & Sew with creative partner Kamesha Hervey Richard of Ava Loren Design. Brunch will be served as you learn the basics of sewing and pattern making. Ticket prices include brunch and sewing materials. For tickets and more info click here.

After closing the University of Memphis location, Crazy Beautiful has found its new Midtown home in Overton Square, at 2111 Madison Avenue, in the same building as Sweet Noshings and Breakaway Running. It is expected to open in October.

In the meantime, Crazy Beautiful will open their pop-up shop today August 1st in anticipation of their permanent location, just in time for back-to-school tax free weekend. The pop-up shop is located at 2092 Trimble Place at the Tower courtyard. Hours are Mon-Sat 10am-8pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.

In other retail news, one of Memphis’ newest clothing store The Cedar Room is open and fully stocked with men’s formal and casual wear, accessories, gifts, and cigars. The Cedar Room is located in Harbor Town next to the Ivory Closet which has recently launched their online store. They offer free standard shipping for orders over $100. Happy shopping!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Street Style at Memphis Farmers Market — Musician/Mom Jamera and Son Amir

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM



The same Saturday I spotted Missy and Granville (featured in yesterday’s post), I met this mom and son duo visiting from Atlanta enjoying the live acoustic music. Jamera was dressed in a fun palette of mixed patterns including these incredible drop earrings — a canvas of patterns unto its own. It turns out she’s a singer/songwriter who enjoys a mix in her music as well, including hip hop, reggae, R&B, and dance.

Six-year-old Amir was by her side making as fashion statement, too, wearing slacks, dress shoes, and a hat he picked out and pulled together. Really, how often do you find a kid rocking a fedora?

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Street Style at Memphis Farmers Market - Missy and Granville

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 2:57 PM



This past Saturday, the heat was scorching, but the Memphis Farmers Market still drew a crowd as it has become more than just a market and is now quite a vibrant social scene. The location downtown and the live music are just a few reasons why. The atmosphere naturally adds a subtle environment for style with the added challenge of staying cool, feeling spontaneous, yet looking stylish. I couldn't help but do a little style spotting while shopping for fresh produce.

Before long, I spot Missy and Granville. Their style hit all the marks mentioned above. The orange and white tribal pattern, the woven tote, the chambray shirt and rusty slacks were the high points to their perfectly paired look.

Outfit Details
Dress, Target. Tote, handmade from Africa. Chambray shirt, Brooklyn Industries.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Style Session with Tara Skelley, Dilettante Collection

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM


Soon after winning an Emerging Memphis Designer Project (EMDP) Audience Choice Award at Memphis Fashion Week (MFW) for the second year in a row, designer Tara Skelley took the hint and made her mini-collection available to wear off the runway and, conceivably, off to the glamorous places where her tropical prints were destined to be.

One of the key prizes offered to EMDP winners is access to fashion education through a scholarship to the Memphis College of Art fashion program. With her clothing line Dilettante Collection, Tara essentially has launched a serious career in fashion, fulfilling the intent of Memphis Fashion Week in nurturing new talent.

Here, Tara speaks more about her win and models the summery pieces in her collection, showing that her designs are a true extension of her own personal style — “feminine and polished but with a bold and eclectic twist.”


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Style Session with Chantele Aldridge of Peridot Boutique

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 1:15 PM


Among the mix of new dining spots and art galleries in the Cooper-Young district is the new clothing boutique Peridot by businesswoman and Midtowner Chantele Aldridge. Conscious of the eclectic character of the neighborhood, Chantele not only felt a boutique would help balance the retail mix but made sure it was a boutique with the right variety of style and price points. She traveled to all the major markets including New York City, Las Vegas, and Atlanta but did not overlook Memphis-made clothing and jewelry. Every piece in Peridot is a quality piece she's selected.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer 2014 Style Guide

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM


Pick up a copy of this week’s Flyer or check out this slideshow to see some of my favorite summer items made or found locally.

Product details and more finds below ...

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Serving Up Style at Tart - Heather Pike and Abby Jestis

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM



Authenticity, comfort, and style — it’s evident the moment one steps into Tart. After several years of dreaming up a community-based business in Memphis, owners and life partners Heather Pike and Abby Jestis finally opened their French inspired café and restaurant doubling as an art gallery. Tart, thoughtfully named, literally includes “art” and melds their passion of food and art into one space.

“Tart dovetails our love of Memphis with our desire to share what we love about it. We want a place that offered a positive exchange between people, where they could enjoy themselves. A place with a relaxed fun edge,” says Heather about the concept.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Favorite Find — Vintage Cardigan from Java Cabana

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM


Fashion has fallen in love in with lace and tulle again. Vintage lace, in particular, is a sign that the design and detail will be exquisite. This vintage cardigan I discovered at Java Cabana coffee shop, of all places, is a charming multitasker, with lace AND tulle in a very feminine form.

I did not purchase this piece, but I do desperately want it to be discovered by its perfect owner.

Could it be you?


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Tonight! Open Casting Call for the Memphis Flyer 2014 Fall Fashion Spread

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM


The Peabody Rooftop Party is considered one of the premiere summer parties in the city, and the Memphis Flyer is making it a little more enticing. Tonight from 6-7 pm is the last installment of four open casting calls for models. If chosen, you’ll be among a select few to be featured in this year’s Memphis Flyer Fall Fashion spread. All who participate in the casting call will also have a chance to win great prizes.

Striking a pose at this party can reap some serious rewards.

More details here.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Style Session with Kesha Whitaker

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM



"The greatest success comes with being who we are truly created to be and making a significant impact in all the roles we play."

As communications and development manager at the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM), an organization that helps empower women, Kesha Whitaker knows what it means to make an impact.

“Working with so many dynamic women who work to uplift women and children is inspiring. I feel very blessed to come in contact with so many diverse women from all walks of life who stand for something and want to make Memphis better for everyone,” she says.

Her year so far has been busy with WFGM’s biggest events to engage and inspire modern women around Memphis - The Modern Day Woman's Conference and the Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium.

“This was the second year we hosted the Modern Day Woman's Conference with the Young Women Philanthropists, and they did an excellent job of developing workshops and finding the top women leaders in the community to share their expertise about balancing personal, professional, and community endeavors. We also added a fashion show this year with modern-day women who pride themselves on being good at what they do and looking good while doing it. The Annual Tribute Luncheon was fabulous. Our keynote speaker was Jasmine Guy and she brought so much inspiration and motivation.”

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Five MEMMobile Retail Shops Roll-Out

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Last week, the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, in partnership with the City of Memphis and alt. Consulting, officially “rolled out” five mobile retail trucks participating in their latest pilot program MEMMobile “to provide more diverse retail options; encourage small business growth; promote local artists and designers; and increase activity in public areas in the community.”

Lining both sides of the plaza in front of City Hall, the five MEMMobile retail businesses showcased fashion, accessories, and even bicycles, with familiar food trucks rounding the perimeter to satisfy the lunch crowd. Memphians got to shop and really experience the vibrancy that the mobile retail shops can bring to the community.

Here’s a short rundown of those five MEMMobile trucks in the roll-out:


Henny Penny Mobile Boutique — Women’s Apparel and Accessories
We featured Henny Penny owner Cyndii Jo Hartley last week in anticipation of this event. With hot days ahead, the Henny Penny truck boasts a cool air unit to keep your shopping comfortable. They also provide 2 dressing stations which is convenient since there will be many lovely items you’ll want to try on.


K’PreSha Haul of Fashion — Men and Women’s Apparel and Accessories
Kimberly Taylor sees this fashion truck as an extension of her South Main boutique K’PreSha. The goal is to stock the truck with mostly local items and from local designers. You’ll find jewelry, clutches, and casual to dressy apparel for both men and women.


Thigh High Jeans — Repurposed Denim Apparel
Co-owners Ann Smithwick and Kerry Peeples are artists who took their art to fashion. They began the company in 2010 embroidering positive quotes on the thigh portion of recycled jeans. Meant to be uplifting, the quote “generates a high” for both the wearer and those they meet. Five dollars from each jean sale is donated to charities such as the Church Health Center, Jolkona Foundation, and Feeding America.


Sache T-shirt Truck — Custom-Printed T-shirts
Designer Eric Evans (left) and co-owner John Sylvester (right) not only print t-shirts but they also create custom designs with Memphis pride. They’re the ones behind the recent Tennessee Brewery shirts that include the famed mural “Invest in Good Times.” Beginning their business as part of the South Main shop Sache, they hope taking this portion of the store to the streets will allow them to print shirts on site as orders come in.


The Bike Smith — Bicycle Sales and Repair
What makes this business great is that owner Jim Steffen is a bike enthusiast who loves repairing bikes. Thus, the Bike Smith truck not only sells bicycles but will conveniently pick up your bike, repair it, and deliver it back to you. Visit his website and you’ll also discover new ways to fashion your bicycle with leather adult beverage caddies. Elevate your Memphis flair by transporting a precious growler full of local brew.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cyndii Jo Hartley of Henny Penny Mobile Boutique

Posted By on Sat, May 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM


For the past 14 years, Cyndii Jo Hartley has used her eye for style as a hairdresser. After a bike accident last year, she began thinking about a new way to use this talent and work in her lifelong love for fashion by launching a clothing boutique. Only she wanted to make it possible, as soon as possible.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Alter Ego Boutique Peek with Owner Jada Blair

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM


“Every woman has an ‘alter ego.’ A confident, sexy side. My job is to help bring it out of you.”— boutique owner Jada Blair

“It’s in there. I know it,” Jada said to me on my first visit to her boutique Alter Ego as she pulled a few daring outfits that would bring out my alter ego.

Trying on a one-shoulder, skin-hugging jumpsuit, I peered at myself in the mirror surprised at how good I felt. Let’s just say it was not conservative or boring in the least. As with many other customers, Jada was thrilled to play her part in boosting one’s confidence. She's made it a point to help women of all sizes find what looked great on them. One part of the boutique is dedicated to plus size fashion.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Favorite Find - The Saddle Bag from Celery

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM


My search for the perfect sized shoulder bag is over. Perfect, meaning it also functions as a sophisticated camera bag.

I had gone to Celery, the upscale resale boutique, because someone mentioned spotting a great suit and jeans I needed to snag. I went in hoping for designer jeans; instead, I found this incredible suede saddle bag and left with it slung over my shoulder. Since then, it's proven to be a stylish and casual bag that easily disguises its work-related contents.


Happy Hour Wednesdays
Visit Celery today from 10 a.m. till closing for special savings on everything from bags to clothes. They are packed with items for women of every age, and labels include Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Rag and Bone, Kate Spade, Burberry, Gucci, and Prada. Festival-goers may be interested in the long dresses, shoulder bags, sunglasses, and sun hats. There is an extra 10% off shoes and 80% off sweaters during this week's Happy Hour Wednesday.

Not convinced yet? From 4-7 p.m., wine and hors d'oeuvres are served along with the extra discounts. Happy shopping!

Celery Ladies' Upscale Resale Boutique
728 Brookhaven Circle
Memphis, TN 38117

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mo’s Bows 2014 Spring Lookbook — Catching up with designer Moziah Bridges

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM


Since the launch of his Memphis-based bow tie company Mo’s Bows in 2011 at the age of 9, designer Moziah Bridges and Mo’s Bows have won the hearts of people nationally and internationally. He’s quickly gained a voice in the fashion world and beyond to inspire any budding entrepreneur.

Featured in The Oprah Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, GQ, GQ Germany, British Vogue, and over a dozen other magazines and TV appearances, Moziah has appreciated every single one as an opportunity to meet and connect with new people.

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